Well, refugees is a very small subset of the larger immigrant population, in that you have to have a well-founded fear of persecution on account of your race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion.
And once you meet that definition, you’re referred to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. And at a time when we’re facing the world’s worst refugee crisis, the U.S. resettles less than half of 1 percent of the world’s refugees, which means that this very narrow lifeline of protection needs to be not only preserved, but expanded to really help those individuals who cannot go home or locally integrate.
Historically, the United States has had a refugee ceiling on average of 95,000 refugees per year. So, the fact that the refugee ceiling is 15,000 means that it’s not only the lowest number ever set in the history of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, but it effectively shuts out many deserving refugees from being able to be reunited with their loved ones in the United States.
And just as an example, one of our staff members, Bazuze (ph), is from the Democratic Republic of Congo. And he was resettled several years ago, but his brother has been waiting for his wife to be reunited with him. And she was on a flight to come to the United States. So, she sold all of her belongings and was waiting to board a flight, when the flight was canceled because the president didn’t sign the necessary paperwork to revise the ceiling.
And so she actually had to go back into the refugee camp where she is right now. And we still don’t know yet if she will be rebooked to come to the United States.